I heard a man say yesterday that in these difficult times we have to "Hug the Monster." This phrase struck me because lately my oldest has been hiding from a monster in our house. It seems like our whole lives lately revolve around this monster.
And I think that's how it is for a lot of people right now. They might not have the literal big black blob hiding in their house, but they may be battling the monster of a lost job, tougher than normal economic times, foreclosure, etc...
We are all faced with the monster of what's happening in our world and to our planet. And the news became even more bleak this week. I know in times like these it's easy to give-up, panic, do nothing. But ignoring the monster doesn't make him go away. Hiding in our rooms with the door shut like my 3 year-old doesn't make him go away. Most of the times, monsters leave on their own, after they have been stared down and told "You will not get the best of me!"
And so my dear friends, though it may seem hopeless, that's what I am going to try to do. That's what I hope you will try to do with whatever monsters you face on whatever fronts. Because in the end, taking even the smallest of actions is empowering. It makes us stronger and the monster weaker, and it shows us that we can make a difference. And though the difference may be small, and it may seem confined to your own little world, trust me when I say that it isn't. You having courage helps me to have courage and that means something!
Have you hugged a monster lately? Are you hugging one now? How do you get through it? Please share your story and your courage with us.